My father, bless him, gave me the best birthday preent ever - a gift certificate to Lacroix. My husband and I went this weekend. I got a 3 course, DH got 4 course, and we each tasted everything.
We started with an amuse bouche of either raw or seared tuna (I wasn't sure), finely chopped and spiced. Yum. DH's first course was organic baby greens with a quince jam and blue cheese. Very good - about as good as such a simple and staple item can be. I had rainbow trout with gnocchi, leeks, tomato ... i think those were the main ingredients. Excellent, although to be perfectly honest,the gnocchi at Felicia's was better.
Next course, DH had rabbit. I hadn't had rabbit in years, and rediscovered why. I am not in love with the meat. He thought it was excellent, though, so if you like rabbit i'd trust that. I had monkfish with chunks of lamb and a smoked lamb comsomme sauce and i think there may have been lamb sweetbreads too. (it looked like it) The monkfish was too salty but the lamb made up for it completely (although once i realized which pieces were the sweetbreads i lost some of my taste for those).
DH had venison with baby brussel sprouts and a creamed spinach and something unidentifiable - maybe okra - side in the cutest little pan on the side of the dish. I liked the spinach, he didn't, and the venison was so moist (it is easy to dry out because deer have less fat than cows) and very tasty, but to be honest DH can make a better venison loin. They gave me an amuse bouche of amazingly tart and refreshing lemon sorbet, I assume to "keep me busy" because I had only ordered 3 courses.
Last course I had veal and DH had lamb. The lamb was perfect, can't say anything more. It did need the sauce though, the meat didn't have quite enough flavor on its own. The veal was tender - that baby cow didn't walk three steps in its life! it was a bit weird though because it was cooked all together with the broccolini, cheese and something starchy so in my first bite, where there was only the starch, whatever it was, and some cheese, I didn't realize what I ate wasn't veal and the texture and flavor surprised me. Then I realized what was going on.
The cheese board was disappointing. It is an addition $18, and you only get to choose 4 cheeses. I was getting full so only DH got it, and he didn't even really like 2 of the 4 cheeses. The dessert was a knockout, though. I had a valhrona chocolate souffle with mulled wine. the souffle was so rich, and a bit bitter, and the mulled wine tasted like perfume in the good way. DH got a "floating cloud" of coconut and pineapple. Delicious. The petit fours were also excellent, I liked the variation on the lemon drop best.
After dinner they offered to give us a tour of the kitchen, which was interesting and entertaining, and we got to meet Chef Lacroix while in there. I didn't know if this was common, or if because on the gift certificate it said Happy Birthday and they hadn't done anything special for us (because we didn't tell them) All in all, I would go back, but the Fountain is still my #1 for fine dining in Phily.
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